Launch of Rhode Island Food Policy Council will take place at State House Monday, Oct. 24.
In an effort to support local agriculture and organizations working to bring fresh produce to our communities, the Office of Mayor Angel Taveras recently implemented Farm Fresh Rhode Island's Veggie Box Program.
For those City Employees who enroll, the program delivers fresh produce directly to City Hall from local farms each week - increasing the convenience of buying well priced and healthy options for employees and their families. Farm Fresh Rhode Island is expanding this program to businesses and organizations throughout the City of Providence.
The Veggie Box program is being rolled out in time for Rhode Island's celebration of National Food Day. In concert with statewide events celebrating National Food Day, the launch of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council will take place at the State House on October 24 from 10-11AM.
Continuing the celebration, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council will be making a Community Presentation of the RI Food Assessment at the URI Providence Campus Auditorium from 4-6PM.
To honor and support the Food Policy Council's work to create partnerships, develop policies, and advocate for improvements to the local food system, Mayor Taveras will proclaim Oct. 24, 2011,"Food Day in the City of Providence."
"By increasing access to fresh, local and healthy food choices for all families, the Food Policy Council and its community partners are working to make Providence residents and all Rhode Islanders healthier - especially those who suffer from the effects of childhood obesity and malnutrition," said Mayor Taveras.